What is Precipitation Intensity ?

Precipitation intensity refers to the rate at which rain, snow, sleet, or freezing rain falls. It is usually measured in inches or millimeters per hour and can range from a drizzle to heavy downpour, or from light snowfall to a full storm. Understanding precipitation intensity is crucial for predicting the impact of weather events, such as flooding or snow accumulation.

What is the Impact of Precipitation Intensity?

High rates of precipitation tend to be associated with an increased risk for adverse impacts such as flash flooding, rapid accumulation of snow, reduced visibility, etc. It is important to note that the threshold at which precipitation rates will have significant impacts varies from region to region and is based on the weather conditions in the days before the weather event. 

Accurate measurement and forecasting of precipitation intensity are vital for preparing and responding to weather-related impacts.